Many people know the standard quiz question about who introduced the word "robot" into the language - the answer being the famous Czech author, Karel Čapek. Čapek wrote in the first half of the twentieth century and, amongst many other things, can be considered to be the father of Czech science fiction. Science Fiction and Fantasy are extemely popular in the Czech Republic today and I was interested to find out more about the sci-fi world. So I met with the translator Jan Vaněk Jr., a very active member of the Sci-fi fandom and asked him about the
The respected Czech science fiction author Josef Nesvadba has died at
the age of 78. Mr Nesvadba's family made the announcement on Tuesday
without disclosing further details. Josef Nesvadba's death comes as a
blow to the Czech sci-fi literature scene which he so influenced in the
1960s and 1980s, continuing in the philosophical footsteps of Czech
writers like Karel Capek and Jiri Weiss. His many works include
"Einstein's Brain" and "Hell Benes" (2002) - his final book.
In 2003 Mr Nesvadba was a key guest at the annual Prague Writer's Festival, where he debated the nature of speculative fiction with colleague and fellow sci-fi writer Ondrej Neff.